Practice makes perfect (which is both good and bad)

Are litigation lawyers especially more susceptible to addiction and mental health issues than others in the profession?

Are litigation lawyers especially more susceptible to addiction and mental health issues than others in the profession? While not enough is known to answer that question, it is clear that litigation lawyers are looking for customized assistance. The Criminal Lawyers Association, for example, is offering a relevant CLE program on February 23rd: https://members.criminallawyers.ca/event-3154822. Meanwhile, the Bar Council in the UK has set up a Well Being at the Bar program for barristers, and their staff and pupils in chambers. https://www.wellbeingatthebar.org.uk/. The Council found that “59% of barristers demonstrate unhealthy levels of perfectionism.” Does this lie at the heart of the problem for litigation lawyers? Litigation lawyers are unlikely to become “roughly right” kind of characters anytime soon, but there are increasingly resources out there to help them deal with the personal consequences of serving clients so devotedly.

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